New Jersey Policy Perspective produces independent research and analysis on policy solutions to advance social, economic, and racial justice. From data-driven reports to policy briefs and explainers, we work to provide lawmakers, legislative staff, advocates, community leaders, and reporters with the facts and figures behind the most pressing policy issues facing the Garden State.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 26, 2021

Budget season is back. New Jersey finally legalizes recreational cannabis. Paterson to implement a universal basic income pilot program.

Gov. Murphy’s FY 2022 Budget Address: 5 Key Takeaways

Highlights from Gov. Murphy's FY 2022 budget address, including one big omission.

Higher Education Funding Still Lags Behind Pre-Recession Levels

Years of cuts to higher education, tuition increases, and the diminishing value of financial aid make college less affordable and less accessible.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 19, 2021

New Jersey to prioritize greater vaccine equity. Governor Murphy announces a big investment in clean energy.

Tax Break on PPP Loan Expenses Will Cost New Jersey More Than $1 Billion

State lawmakers give the green light to a $1.2 billion double tax cut on federal grants through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Friday Facts and Figures: February 12, 2021

New Jersey hits major vaccine milestone. New state health exchange is a big success.

The “Whitening” of Camden’s Teachers

As charter school enrollments grow, Camden has fewer Black teachers.

Friday Facts and Figures: February 5, 2021

New coalition launches to abolish the drug war. New Jersey to get more aid from FEMA to respond to the pandemic.

For the People, By the People: New Jersey State Budget 101

Everything you need to know about the New Jersey state budget.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 29, 2021

Open enrollment period extended. Candidates unite in lawsuit to abolish the line.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 22, 2021

New Jersey opens its sixth vaccine megasite. President Biden gets straight to work with a flurry of executive orders.

Friday Facts and Figures: January 15, 2021

President-elect Joe Biden unveils a $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package. NJPP reacts to Gov. Murphy's State of the State address.

Reforming WorkFirst NJ Will Help Reduce Child Poverty

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy in support of improving WorkFirst NJ to better tackle poverty in New Jersey.

State of the State 2021: Rapid Reaction

Live from the NJPP Zoom room, Sheila, Vineeta, Brittany, Marleina, and Lou react to Governor Murphy's State of the State address (with gifs!).

Friday Facts and Figures: January 8, 2021

This is a dark week for democracy. 

New Jersey’s Minimum Wage Rises to $12 on January 1

New Year’s will bring some relief to New Jersey’s lowest paid workers.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 18, 2020

Busy week in Trenton as lawmakers legalize marijuana, restructure Horizon, and fast-track $11.5 billion in corporate tax breaks.

Legislators Should Vote No on $11.5 Billion Corporate Tax Subsidy Program

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Sheila Reynertson opposing the new $11.5 billion corporate tax subsidy proposal.

No Need to Rush Horizon Restructuring

Testimony by NJPP Senior Policy Analyst Brittany Holom-Trundy urging lawmakers to slow down the proposal to restructure Horizon.

Parents are Essential Too: Supporting Working Families During the Pandemic

Even before the onset of COVID-19, working parents faced difficulties accessing high-quality and affordable child care.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 11, 2020

State lawmakers are fast-tracking a bill that would restructure Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield. Immigrant families still without COVID-19 relief.

Slow Down: Horizon’s Restructuring Plan Raises Red Flags

Big details lacking in proposal to restructure New Jersey's largest health insurer.

Friday Facts and Figures: December 4, 2020

Tens of millions of families are struggling to make ends meet without additional COVID-19 relief from the federal government.

GetCoveredNJ: How New Jersey’s State-Based Exchange Will Make Health Coverage More Affordable

The state-based exchange will help to increase access to, and affordability of, health coverage.

Friday Facts and Figures: November 20, 2020

Lawmakers continue to negotiate marijuana legalization bill. Renters face impending eviction crisis.

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